In a Monday evening vote, the House dismissed a bid by Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Lawmakers voted 209-201 in a bipartisan move, referring the resolution to the House Homeland Security Committee, effectively blocking Greene’s attempt. Eight Republicans joined Democrats to defeat the measure.
According to a report by AP News, Expressing frustration after the vote, Greene stated, “I’m outraged,” and hinted at the possibility of reintroducing the resolution in the future, utilizing the same privileged status. The Department of Homeland Security criticized Greene’s impeachment effort, emphasizing Mayorkas’s focus on national security.
While some GOP lawmakers, including House Majority Whip Tom Emmer, expressed support for impeaching Mayorkas, the defeat of Greene’s resolution reflects a broader shift within House Republicans toward focusing on impeaching President Joe Biden rather than Cabinet members, particularly amid the migrant crisis at the southern border. The last instance of the House impeaching a Cabinet member was in 1876.